Does EU Framework Program Participation Affect Regional Innovation? The Differentiating Role of Economic Development

A. Varga, Tamás Sebestyén

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Framework Programs (FPs) of the European Union (EU) finance collaboration among research units located in different parts of Europe and as such they mediate the flow of a significant amount of knowledge across distantly located European regions. Contrary to expectations, no evidence has been found in the literature on the supposed positive regional innovation impact of FP participation. We assume in this article that the overall missing impact of EU FP participation on regional patenting masks an important spatial regime effect. Our results are supportive of this assumption. While FP research subsidies act as a substitute for funding from other sources in regions of old EU member states, innovation in lagging regions in Central and Eastern Europe tends to rely more on the external knowledge transferred via FP-funded research networks to compensate for their less developed local knowledge infrastructures. Our findings are important, as they suggest that, in combination with other policies, strengthening research excellence and international scientific networking in relatively lagging regions could be a viable option to increase regional innovativeness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)405-439
Number of pages35
JournalInternational Regional Science Review
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2017


  • agglomeration and externalities
  • economic growth and development
  • methods
  • network analysis
  • other spatial structure
  • policy and applications
  • spatial analysis
  • spatial diffusion and innovation
  • spatial statistics and spatial econometrics
  • spatial structure
  • urban and regional economic development
  • urban and regional spatial structure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)

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